Tuesday, November 8, 2016
She Won't Be the First American Female President
American presidential elections are marathons compared to other countries. When you live in the state with the first in the nation Caucus, it can be especially brutal. Candidates for the next presidential cycle often show up 24 to 30 months ahead of the November vote. This isn't too bad because it is often announced in the television and newspapers so paying attention is not mandatory. However, about three months before the caucus or about a year before the actual vote for president, they take to the phones. The next six months are bliss as the candidates vie for the nomination in the other 49 states and then come three months before the election, all hell breaks loose with the telephones again. In the depth of the caucus or presidential election, those of us with landlines get about 6 to 8 political robocalls a day polling or urging us to vote for someone. If you call my landline during those months, you can expect me not to pick up. Now that the election is over, I have 18 months, 24 if I'm lucky, before all this starts over again.
I did my civic duty and voted this morning. However, I will never encourage anyone to vote. I am perfectly happy to live in a country where those who care take the time to vote. Those who don't care enough to either vote or pick up an absentee ballot are doing the right thing by staying home. In my precinct, it felt like an average election but I tend to vote mid morning after the school parents get done and it is mostly just those that are retired. I think if Trump stands a chance (I didn't vote for either him or Clinton), those people will hit the polls from 4 until they close here at 9. Looking at the electoral college map, it looks like it is Clinton's to lose. Although I don't like her in many ways, I think that if she wins, it will probably be the best thing for the Republican party of which I am tentatively a member. Hopefully they will lick their wounds and spend the next four years regrouping and becoming a more inclusive party. Unless something radically changes, Congress and a President Clinton will be gridlock for the next four years anyway so there probably won't be any earth rattling legislation to worry about. It will be sad to lose a conservative Supreme court but I would be happy with a liberal one if they picked someone who wouldn't legislate from the bench. I'm not holding my breath on that one. If Trump somehow wins, I'm worried that the party will fracture into several factions and the next couple decades will be a decidedly liberal one, assuming we don't go bankrupt or fall apart as a nation first.
Finally, if elected, Hillary won't be the first American female president. That honor falls to Janet Jagan pictured up at the top of this post. So unless you specify which country, you are wrong.